Honored for Excellence in Fiction

Amazing, ecstatic, overjoyed, fabulous, and of course, humbled by this fantastic award. I have been honored for excellence in Fiction at the ACD Society’s Inaugural Doylean Honors celebration. I am grateful beyond measure for this momentous Best Fiction of 2022 Award. The story awarded was “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” from Sherlock Holmes: Further… Continue reading Honored for Excellence in Fiction

Loved it! 😍

Reedsy Review: “A new Holmes story for fans of the original, The Keys of Death is a satisfying new mystery, true to character, and delicious to read!” Keys of Death is not Gretchen Altabef’s first foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes, there are at least three other novels in this vein according to her Goodreads… Continue reading Loved it! 😍

REVIEW – A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Jay Ganguly

Your morality holds you prisoner," Holmes observed.  When I heard Sherlock Holmes say that to Dr. Watson, I was hooked. Jay Ganguly’s audiobook of Holmes stories is splendid. Each one a jewel for those lucky enough to be aware of the fantastic explosion of new Sherlock Holmes adventures that characterizes some of the world’s best… Continue reading REVIEW – A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Jay Ganguly

Geri Schear’s Review Rocks The Keys of Death

There are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Human nature being what it is, we can’t help but find favorites in films, music, books, etc. You won’t be surprised to learn that some of my favourite reading material comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes books. And out of that hoard of riches, there are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Gretchen’s latest novel, The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. Set in 1880, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world.

Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Here, finally, Mrs. Hudson’s part in it can be told.

From the Foreword by Mattias Boström: “In the beginning, there was one Sherlock Holmes. That genesis was, however, just a short glimpse in time, and for ninety-seven percent of his existence in literature, there have been two of them: Original Holmes and Parallel Holmes.”

Our cast includes Paris’s gentleman thief, Arsene Lupin, West African pirate, Félix Calabar, London’s spectacular beauty, Lily Langtry, the Imperial Theatre Orchestra, the Irregular’s, and even the Prince of Wales has a part to play in Holmes’ solution to the murder mystery. Altabef’s exploration into women’s history brings to light the immensely creative approach to freedom crafted by the ladies of the Anglo-Jewish Community.

The Keys of Death rocks the heart of Holmes’ world. With a vengeful villain to match him. The world’s first consulting detective practice is born through one man’s unshakable belief in his gifts, his courage, and especially his friends. Through every challenge Sherlock Holmes upholds his vision of a merciful justice for our world.

The Keys of Death is published by MX Publishing.

I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My books brim with imagination and a news reporter’s excitement for the true history of the day. THESE SCATTERED HOUSES. A breakthrough novel for Holmes and for me, an historical murder mystery solved as only Holmes can. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: REMARKABLE POWER OF STIMULUS is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of No. 221B Baker Street.

Two short stories published this year: “In The Land of the Living” Mystery Magazine, October 2021. “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” SHERLOCK HOLMES FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE REALMS OF H. G. WELLS, a Belanger Anthology. I contributed Arthur Conan Doyle’s, and Sherlock Holmes’ history, and edited JEREMY BRETT – PLAYING A PART and JEREMY BRETT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES by Maureen Whittaker.

A member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, The John H. Watson Society, the Priory Scholars of New York, the ACD Society, the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, and the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers assemblage artist collective.

Geri Schear

Human nature being what it is, we can’t help but find favourites in films, music, books, etc. You won’t be surprised to learn that some of my favourite reading material comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes books. And out of that hoard of riches, there are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Gretchen’s latest novel, The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. Set in 1880, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world.

Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Here, finally, Mrs. Hudson’s part in it can be told.

From the Foreword by Mattias Boström: “In the beginning, there wasoneSherlock Holmes. That genesis was, however, just a short glimpse in time…

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Kickstarter-The Keys of Death

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mxpublishing/sherlock-holmes-the-keys-of-death? The Keys of Death Kickstarter Campaign The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. In Gretchen Altabef’s 1880 novel, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world. Come join in the Kickstarter kick-off of a most singular Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Out of the fog three young souls unite in their… Continue reading Kickstarter-The Keys of Death

REVIEW – Remarkable Power of Stimulus by The Sherlock Holmes Journal

. . . a boldly portrayed Holmes . . . This book is exciting, ingenious, and a delight to read. I hope it will attract the modern generation to our Holmes and Watson." "The first President of this Society, S.C. Roberts, once observed “Certain imaginative playwrights, with a greater regard for popular sentiment than for… Continue reading REVIEW – Remarkable Power of Stimulus by The Sherlock Holmes Journal

David MacGregor is the cure for the pandemic!

You think people want to sit down and read ‘The Adventure of the Sleeping Pussycat’ or ‘The Adventure of the Not Actually Stolen Jewellery?’ No! No, they don’t. I may not know much but I do know the kinds of stories the reading public enjoys! We need something with an edge!”—Dr. John Watson. Sherlock in… Continue reading David MacGregor is the cure for the pandemic!

Stupendo! Splendido! Exciting news!

Italian publisher Mondadori will be publishing an Italian language version of Sherlock Holmes These Scattered Houses in their Il Giallo Mondadori 2022-2023 Sherlock Holmes series. This is a great honor. I am excited that my Italian American Marcello family will be speaking Italian in these books! Of course so will Holmes and the unique villain… Continue reading Stupendo! Splendido! Exciting news!

These Scattered Houses Review by Margaret Walsh

Ms. Altabef has done a sterling job. Holmes’s voice rings clear and true in this excellent novel. Grand Staircase Palais Garnier, Paris These Scattered Houses is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by Gretchen Altabef and published by MX Publishing, London. Set in New York near the end of the Great Hiatus – Sherlock Holmes finds… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Margaret Walsh

PODCAST – Remarkable Power of Stimulus Book Launch & Author Reading

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7F427fR09k&list=PLF43-tHWPFEixp8RJb91wjRddPjhhthqL Recorded December 10, 2020 I awoke in the morning and the planetree greeted me covered in new spring buds outside the window of my old familiar bedroom. I took a breath, and his horrible first pipe filled my heart with gratitude. Today I wasn’t alone – Sherlock Holmes was back! Last night we poached… Continue reading PODCAST – Remarkable Power of Stimulus Book Launch & Author Reading